"Jai has valuable input on virtually every topic, from product strategy to operations. Where he and the Sapphire team have added the most value is through their vast network within the enterprise software industry." - Mike Burkland, President and CEO, Five9
Jai is a managing director at Sapphire Ventures who invests in startups he believes are developing ground-breaking products and services in the areas of pervasive analytics, next-gen AI, software defined infrastructure, cloud and mobile computing, IoT and AR/VR. He has more than 15 years of experience helping companies innovate their product and marketing strategies in order to scale and become market leaders.
Jai is a member of the board (director or observer) at Alteryx (AYX), CloudHealth, JFrog, Narrative Science, Netskope, Portworx, PubNub, Socrata and Sumo Logic. His exits and IPO’s include Alteryx (AYX), Apigee (acquired by Google), Box (BOX), Control4 (CTRL), Cyphort (acquired by Juniper Networks), ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce), Five9 (FIVN), GroundWork (acquired by Parallax), Jaspersoft (acquired by TIBCO Software), JustDial (JUSTDIAL), Mulesoft (MULE), MySQL (acquired by Oracle), Nutanix (NTNX), One97, Tealeaf (acquired by IBM) and Square (SQ). He is also closely involved with Catchpoint, Mirantis, Newgen Software, OpenX and Splashtop.
Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures in 2006, Jai worked at Intel Capital, Agilent Ventures (formerly Hewlett Packard) and MVC Capital (a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate). He began his career as a software engineer at Oracle and then moved into product management. Jai has a BS in electrical engineering from Brown University and an MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he received the George Hay Brown Prize for academic excellence.
Exits and IPOs
- Alteryx (AYX)
- Apigee (acquired by Google)
- Control4 (CTRL)
- Box (BOX)
- ExactTarget (acquired by Salesforce)
- Five9 (FIVN)
- GroundWork (acquired by Parallax)
- Mulesoft (MULE)
- Nutanix (NTNX)
- Jaspersoft (acquired by TIBCO Software)
- JustDial (JUSTDIAL)
- MySQL (acquired by Oracle)
- Tealeaf (acquired by IBM)
- Square (SQ)